Aug 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm
The North Dakota Department of Health today announced the state’s first West Nile virus-related death in 2013, according to West Nile Virus Program manager Michelle Feist. The individual was a woman who resided in the southeastern region of North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age. The woman did not have any underlying health conditions.
Tthe total number of cases in North Dakota this season stands at 16 -- including one death. Two of those cases occured in Grand Forks County.
“This unfortunate death is a reminder of the seriousness of West Nile virus, especially to those older than 50 and those with other medical conditions,” said Feist. “North Dakotans should continue to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites to prevent West Nile virus.”
Minnesota has also confirmed the state's first WNV death this week.
To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus, health officials recommend the following protective measures:
· Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or permethrin when outdoors. Always follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label.
· Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite.
· When possible, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while outside.
· Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).
· Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing screens in windows and doors.
· Keep the grass around your home trimmed.